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After an extensive review and live pitch to their industry advisory board, the Eshelman Institute for Innovation has selected Co-Principal Investigators Jason Franz (BME Associate Professor) and Brian Pietrosimone (EXSS Associate Professor) for funding designed to drive cutting-edge technologies that solve the most pressing healthcare challenges. Their proposal is the first in the history of the Eshelman Institute for Innovation from outside the School of Pharmacy to be selected for funding. Drs. Franz and Pietrosimone will leverage wearable sensors and machine learning techniques, complete proof-of-concept testing, and develop a market hypothesis and initial business case for a novel technology to restore normal joint loading following lower extremity joint injury or surgery for the purpose of maintaining long-term joint health. Drs. Franz and Pietrosimone will also work with EXSS Assistant Professor Adam Kiefer and, through the NC State ASSIST Center, BME Associate Professor Michael Daniele and ECE Associate Professor Edgar Lobaton. Congratulations to this productive team!

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